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A dying wish: Blind date set up between Lloyd, the famous SPCA ‘Hospice’ dog from Niagara County and Allegany County’s Loretta


Amy Lewis, executive director at the Niagara County SPCA, center, with Lloyd, appears on WKBW’s AM Buffalo Tuesday with hosts Mercedes Wilson, left and Emily Lampa, right.


The most famous dog in Buffalo is Lloyd, a “Hospice Dog” being cared for by the Niagara County SPCA. Lloyd has advanced stage kidney failure, so the staff decided to make a bucket list for Lloyd.

Since then, he’s been on TV, visited every tourist spot in Niagara County and Buffalo, met the mayor, appeared on television, took up swimming and the 12-year-old met one of the Buffalo Bills and had a jersey made for him.

But he hasn’t experienced that one thing in life he longs for.


That could all change next week, as matchmakers from the Niagara County SPCA contacted the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

In Belmont, there is a Hospice Dog, Loretta, also looking for adventures and love. Loretta is a coonhound and also terminally ill. The shelter in Belmont does not euthanize dogs and the staff has kept Loretta alive and happy.

“Lloyd needs to come to Allegany County, that would be on his bucket list,” said Lynda Pruski, executive director of the SPCA Serving Allegany County. “We are trying to come up with ideas for the dogs on their date. Lunch from the Texas Hot, go fishing at Rich and Gwen Shear’s farm, maybe go four-wheeling or on the side of a motorcycle.”

The dogs have some other things on their wish list according to the SPCA. Sugar Daddy’s on Main Street in Wellsville serves doggy ice cream.

The dogs say they have never golfed or had a ride on a golf cart. On the way to their destinations, a stop at the Wellsville Country Club is on the list.

As for treats, Giant Food Mart is selling doggie treats and rounding up register receipts to donate to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, so that stop is a no-brainer.

The dogs may also tour Bradley Gardens. Also on Tuesday is the annual Allegany County Office for the Aging Senior Picnic at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. There is a chance the dogs, who are 84, qualify for attend.

EXCLUSIVE: This photo was taken today right after Loretta was told about a blind date with Lloyd. Loretta has only watched Lloyd on TV and has followed his chronicles on the Niagara County SPCA Facebook page.

“Amy (Lewis, executive director at the Niagara County SPCA) and the shelter employees have done a great job with Lloyd and like Loretta, has a great quality of life,” Pruski said.

To donate toward the shelter or the “date,” the SPCA Serving Allegany County Pay Pal donation link can be found by CLICKING HERE.

To visit their Facebook pages, click HERE for the Niagara County SPCA and click HERE for the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

A king looking for his queen.
Loretta resting up at the SPCA Serving Allegany County for her date.
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